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EECS Weekly News: December 28, 2015


Russell Barnes was a senior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering through the College of Engineering when he studied abroad in an OSU exchange program in Copenhagen, Denmark. This program allowed him to take classes at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for a whole semester. OSU Abroad

Detecting cancer, tracking stress with micro-devices
Larry Cheng, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is focused on developing these devices. His cancer diagnostics research, which blends electrical engineering with biomedicine, seeks to detect mutant circulating tumor DNA or RNA — cancer biomarkers — in the body’s circulatory system. Momentum!

How data mining and machine learning are helping fight cancer and predict heart disease
As the world searches for cures to cancer and cardiovascular disease, Stephen Ramsey, assistant professor of computer science and biomedical sciences, is applying computational tools like machine learning and data mining to sift through massive datasets and tease out information buried deep within genetic codes at the molecular level. His goal is to gain insights into disease mechanisms that will lead to new therapies for prevention and treatment. Momentum!

The evolution of bioengineering
At Oregon State, the undergraduate bioengineering degree program formally resides in the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, but the field in general touches each school in the College of Engineering. V. John Mathews, who joined Oregon State as head of the School for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in August 2015, seeks faculty who are not only experts in their respective fields, but will contribute to bioengineering research. “I have at least three faculty members in EECS who have joint appointments in departments with a bio-emphasis, and I think every faculty member could have a part to play in potential bioengineering collaborations,” he said. Momuntum!


Let's put Oregon’s tech growth in perspective
While there is no doubt Oregon’s tech community is quickly moving up and to the right, this past week, a couple of news items added perspective to the recent growth of the region’s tech industry. From time to time, we are reminded we have some ground to cover before we are in the realm of tier one technology hubs such as Seattle and Silicon Valley. Portland Business Journal

Tech companies dominate Glassdoor's list of top employers
Glassdoor released its eighth annual list of the 50 best companies to work for. Almost half of Glassdoor’s best places to work are tech companies. Airbnb topped Glassdoor’s Employee Choice Awards as the best tech company (and best overall company) to work for after not making the list at all last year. Google, which was the reigning top workplace, dropped to eighth. Facebook, which was number one from 2011-2013, came in fifth. The Employees’ Choice Awards are based on employee feedback via Glassdoor’s anonymous survey that evaluates job, work environment, and company. Glassdoor uses a “proprietary algorithm” to determine an overall ranking “based on the quantity, quality, and consistency of reviews.” Puget Sound Business Journal

OSU strikes gold in bicycle ratings
Oregon State University is moving on up in bicycle circles. The university, which joined the ranks of bicycle-friendly universities in 2012, has been awarded gold status by the League of American Bicyclists. OSU is on a list of 12 schools with gold ratings. Corvallis Gazette-Times


Win a 2016 Grace Hopper Scholarship + $1,000
Are you passionate about impactful technology? Want a chance to attend Grace Hopper in 2016 for FREE? Need a little extra money for school? Apply for the Student of Vision ABIE Award today! Winners will receive a $1,000 award AND a scholarship to the 2016 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Create and submit an original 1-3 minute video on your vision of a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies they build it for. Video submissions are due January 4, 2016.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
URSA Engage provides support ($1,000) for undergraduate engagement in research/creative activity under the guidance and mentorship of an OSU faculty member. An incentive ($250) is also provided to OSU faculty members to take on relatively inexperienced students who may not have been previously exposed to, or be aware of, the research/scholarship enterprise. Under the new model, faculty mentors and undergraduate mentees have to ‘find each other’ and submit one ‘joint application.’ OSU undergraduates must be in their first year or second year of their undergraduate program, and transfer students in their first year (at the time of application). Application deadline: January 15, 2016.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the seven NIST laboratories.

CS312: Linux System Administration
Winter 2016, MWF 1600-1650
It's that time of year again for anyone interested in learning more about Linux system administration. CS 312 will be available winter 2016 so be sure to sign up. To learn more, visit our website at http://osuosl.org/students/cs312.

BB485/585-Applied Bioinformatics
Winter 2016, MWF 4:00-4:50 pm, Professor: David Hendrix
Applied Bioinformatics gives a thorough introduction to the problems and methods of the bioinformatics of nucleic acid sequences and proteins. The goal of this course is to teach you the fundamentals of bioinformatics and enable you to understand and employ software and methods used in answering contemporary questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as sequence alignment, BLAST, motif finding, databases, phylogenetic tree construction, GO Terms, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, microRNA discovery using small RNA-Seq, and predicting RNA interactions and structure. Students will gain familiarity with BioPython and the Unix command line interface.

Cognitive Computing Challenge
This is a $200,000 USD incentive prize to build a cognitive system that can read a document, then accurately load a database with what it finds. Essentially, to teach a computer to mimic the human brain. Currently, a huge amount of information is locked in written documents which is read and analyzed manually by humans. The solution to this challenge will eliminate repetitive tasks, reduce time and minimize errors. This world-wide challenge is sponsored by Dynamic Risk, whose focus is to improve pipeline safety and reduce environmental impact. However, this technology has broader applications across industries such as healthcare, security and emergency response. Submission deadline: January 11, 2016.


Hot Topics/Cool Talks: The Internet of Things: Success vs. Hype
Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Portland (Location TBA)
The Internet of Things will have a huge impact on consumer behavior, the design of cities, new business development and more. Will Oregon take on the new frontier? Meet the innovators who are pushing the state's IoT agenda forward and hear about the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Why the time is now
  • Real life IoT applications
  • How other businesses can benefit from IoT


National Security Agency Mathematics & Computer Science Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students pursuing a degree in the field of electrical engineering. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31.

AfterCollege Engineering Student Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree (AA,AS,AAS, BA,BS, MS, PhD) in a field of engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
$500 - Open to currently enrolled students working toward a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics from a group underrepresented in their field of study. Underrepresented groups may be defined by: gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Application deadline: December 31.

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
The DOE CSGF is open to U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who plan full-time, uninterrupted study toward a Ph.D. at an accredited U.S. university. We encourage applications from students in engineering and the physical, computer, mathematical or life sciences who meet the following eligibility requirements. The fellowship provides four years of support, but must be renewed each summer. Application deadline: January 19, 2016.

U.S. Department of Energy / Krell Institute - Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)
The DOE CSGF program funds students pursuing a Ph.D. in scientific or engineering disciplines with an emphasis in high-performance computing. This research is conducted at DOE National Laboratories, which has high-performance computing programs in combustion, climate change, nuclear stockpile stewardship, materials sciences, resource recovery, health issues, fusion energy, DNA sequencing, and protein structures, among many others. The Fellowship is for four years, renewed annually. Application deadline: January 19, 2016.

Ernest L. Baulch, W2TX, and Marcia E. Baulch, WA2AKJ, Scholarship
$3500 scholarship for a student with any active Amateur Radio License Class license who is studying at a four-year college or university. Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Victor Poor, W5SMM, Memorial Scholarship Fund
$2500 scholarship for a student of electrical engineering, with a preference for concentration in digital communications. Must have a Technical Class or higher radio license. Application deadline: Jan 31, 2016.

Wilse Morgan, WX7P, Memorial ARRL Northwestern Division Scholarship Fund
$1000 scholarship for a student with a General Class radio license or higher who is a resident in the ARRL Northwestern Division (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington). Must be studying engineering, medicine, science, or business. Preference given to applicants with 3.0 GPA or higher for the academic year immediately prior to application (high school or college). Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Betty Weatherford, KQ6RE, Memorial Scholarship
$1000 award for a student with an Amateur Radio license in any class. Must be studying electrical or communications engineering. Application deadline: January 31, 2016.

Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) Scholarships
Provides funding to support the education of students working toward technical careers that are in short supply and high demand by electric utilities. Applicants must be full-time students attending school at an accredited college/university or vocational institution within the US and must not be graduating within 12 months of the application deadline. Application deadline: February 15, 2016.

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Application Deadline: January 22, 2016.

SWE Scholarships
The SWE Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science. In 2015, SWE disbursed approximately 220 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $660,000. Application deadline: December 1 - February 15.

National Society of Professional Engineers Steinman Fellowship
The Steinman Scholarship is awarded annually to two (2) current undergraduates entering the junior year in a four-year ABET-accredited engineering program. The awards are for $5000 each. Applicants must be students who: are currently enrolled in good standing in a four-year ABET accredited engineering program; will be entering the junior year in the fall; are U.S. citizens. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.


Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Thank You Notes
First, writing a thank-you note isn’t just about being polite. Nearly a third of hiring managers surveyed by CareerBuilder say they would think less of a job candidate who didn’t send a thank you note, and almost 15% say they flat out wouldn’t hire someone if they didn’t receive them. The Muse

4 women of Puppet Labs share tips on navigating their careers
Each speaker shared how they were able to find their voice and raise their profile within the organization. Portland Business Journal

9 Ways You're Undermining Yourself in the Office Without Realizing It
Pay attention to this list of bad habits to avoid. Most people won’t care enough to point out the transgressions, so share it around and no one can claim ignorance. The Muse


TekBots/Collaboratory Intern, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
A TekBots/Collaboratory Intern is an individual dedicated to the creation of new projects and processes in an industry like environment. These positions are highly project driven and employees are expected to achieve a project on deadline. The majority of work involves new development of tools and software for the School of EECS and external industry sponsors.

Student Web Programmer, CB Distributing
We are interested in bringing a web programmer onboard for a limited duration project lasting up to approximately 80 hours. The work schedule can be customize to fit the student lifestyle. The project will encompass working with existing PHP scripts that are integral to our eCommerce presence. We have multiple web sites that are interdependent. The code that will be targeted handles inventory, customer, and order management systems. The original programmer relied heavily upon procedural PHP using versions 4 & 5 but did not systematically implement error checking. Documentation of existing code and systems is severely lacking and would be a focus for the initial project.

Student Software Engineer, OSU Open Source Lab
Designing, developing and maintaining open source projects in Python, PHP, Ruby, Java and other languages. Writing open source code, comprehensive documentation, and educational materials supporting the OSL's infrastructure and the world-wide open source community. Working with infrastructure maintainers on configuration management and deployment technologies for open source software. Communicating with peers, users, and the wider open source community via email, IRC and others as needed.

Student Workers/Tutors, INTO OSU
Are you interested in learning about different cultures in the OSU community? Do you like helping people? INTO OSU is now hiring tutors and conversants for the Learning Center!

Student Analyst/Programmer, Graduate School
Information Services seeks students to assist with development of business applications using the Salesforce platform to serve all Oregon State. We are looking for students who can make a long term (1-2 years) commitment at approximately 20 hours per week.

Student Information Technology (Report Reviewer), OSU Business Intelligence Center
Performs a variety of tasks related to computing operations, user support and installation, or programming and analysis. Examples include helpdesk support, computer lab monitor/technology support, classroom technology, digital media, web design/development, computer technology support, or web assistance. Positions are typically found in central administrative IT departments, OSU Libraries, or individual academic or administrative units.

Student Technical Assistant - MakerLab, Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering
Maintain orderly operations in the OPENS maker lab, making sure that equipment is used safely, and is returned in good order. The student will open the lab and close the lab for sessions when other students and members of the OSU community may use the facilities. All logistical problems, safety issues, and material needs will be reported to Dr. Selker to be resolved. If there are no users, the apprentice will undertake completion of 3-D printed/Arduino designs for environmental sensing under the guidance of Dr. Selker.

CTY Summer Employment - Computer Science Instructors and Teaching Assistants, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking instructors and teaching assistants for our summer programs. CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. Positions are available at residential and day sites at colleges, universities, and schools on the east and west coasts, as well as internationally in Hong Kong. We are currently seeking individuals for a number of courses, including: Fundamentals of Computer Science; Foundations of Programming; Data Structures and Algorithms; Introduction to Robotics.

Tenure-Track Faculty Positions, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department
All areas of specialization will be considered, but we are especially interested in candidates in the following areas: information assurance and cybersecurity; mobile, wearable and IoT systems; big data with an emphasis on machine learning, analytics, and high‐performance computing; knowledge and database systems; hardware systems and experimental methods in circuits, devices, VLSI, FPGA, and sensors; cyber‐physical systems; low‐power systems; biomedical and healthcare systems; and methods and tools for hardware-software co‐design.

Faculty and Lecturer Positions, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, UC Davis
The faculty positions are at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. The two focus areas for these positions are: Communications, signals and systems, computational imaging, and computer vision; Millimeter-wave and terahertz devices, circuits and systems. The teaching position is for a Lecturer with or with Potential for Security of
Employment in Computer Engineering.

CS Faculty Positions, Western Washington University
Currently, we have open one tenured position and multiple non-tenure-track positions. Further, we expect to be starting a search for multiple tenure-track faculty positions within the year. The tenured position we have open is for Director of our Computer and Information Systems Security program. The non-tenure-track positions are available to those currently with a Masters or PhD in Computer Science or a related field.

Partial list of jobs posted in the past week through LinkedIn (these are just a few of the hundreds of jobs listed). Sample jobs:

Don’t forget to check out the AfterCollege job site, tailored especially for our EECS students:


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